When pioneer brewer Richard Seccombe set up shop by a spring on Auckland's Khyber Pass Road in 1861, he could not have foreseen that nearly 150 years later, not only would the brewery still be there, but that the resulting company would have grown to become one of the leading alcoholic beverage manufacturers in Australasia.
Ironically, it is that very growth that has seen Lion Nathan relocate its operations to a greenfield site in East Tamaki, says Mike Kelly, project director for Beca, the firm responsible for project management of the site.
"To put the project into perspective, the current Newmarket site is approximately 5ha, and the new site is just under 17ha, with the built area running to 60,000m², or around 35% of the total site."
"The old brewery served Lion Nathan for more than a century. With the state-of-the-art plant being provided here, which includes the capacity for further growth, I believe this facility will serve Lion Nathan a further 100-plus years," says Kelly.